Church Bombing North of Egypt's Capital Kills 13

14 April, 2017, 10:39 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Church Bombing North of Egypt's Capital Kills At Least 21

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has called a three-month state of emergency after attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group killed at least 44 people at two Coptic churches.

Sisi announced the "state of emergency for three months" in a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the national defence council.

The first blast was in the northern city of Tanta, where a powerful explosion ripped through a Palm Sunday service at St. George's Church, killing 27 people and wounding 78 others, state TV reported.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis expressed sorrow over the latest attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Egypt's Health Ministry said an explosion at a church in the coastal city of Alexandria killed 17 people and wounded at least 48 others.

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"The attack.will only harden the determination (of the Egyptian people) to move forward on their trajectory to realise security, stability and comprehensive development", Sisi said in a statement. President Donald Trump tweeted, "So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S".

Egyptian President earlier ordered the army deployed across the country to protect "vital and important points". The cathedral in Alexandria was likely targeted because of the presence of Pope Tawadros. "If the Coptic Pope [Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Christian Community] has been targeted, how can Christians feel safe?"

Egyptians have been paying their respects to a woman police officer who died when she stopped an Isis suicide bomber from entering a Coptic Church in Alexandria. In December, a massive church bombing killed 30 people in Cairo, and a series of killings in the Sinai have caused hundreds to flee to safer areas. Mossad says the attack on his fellow church is heartbreaking. The Islamic State (IS) group has already claimed responsibility for the attacks. "God may convert the hearts of those who spread terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make, and traffic in, weapons", Pope Francis said during the Palm Sunday celebration at The Vatican.

The organisation previously released a video vowing it would "cleanse" Egypt of Christians.

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